You won’t look at your French fry cone as before… While 95% of used edible oils used in restaurants or at home are incinerated, end up in the trash or, worse, in the sink, a company in Lille has decided to give them a second life.
It should be noted that each year frying generates several thousand tons of used oil. Vehicles that run on frying oil are possible.
To begin with, the fuel produced will be used to power Lille’s fleet of municipal vehicles. Today, a bus, a washer and a sweeper are already running thanks to the B30 proposed by the company, a biodiesel composed of a mixture of vegetable oil (30%) and conventional diesel (70%). The aim is to offer a 100% vegetable-based version of the B100, which will be tested in spring 2019.
The Biohec-Life project intends to reverse the paradigm of the classic consumer economy, “extract, produce, consume, throw away. “Alicia Bachelet, project manager at Gecco, says it was born from a simple observation:
“A territory generates waste and needs energy. With a little imagination, this waste can become the energy of the territory. »
A local solution that has the advantage of creating jobs that cannot be relocated, in addition to the undeniable ecological benefit it represents. Indeed, the poor treatment of used edible oils is the primary cause of water pollution in cities. A single litre is enough to form a film of 1000 m², an impermeable layer that suffocates the micro-organisms responsible for removing impurities in the water.